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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Report from a movie set — right here in town

If you saw my blog item last week announcing a call for extras for the locally filmed movie “One Square Mile,” and if you maybe thought for a second about doing it but then decided not to or forgot all about it, and then later wondered what the experience might have been like if you did . . .well, you’re in luck. A P & P reader, who chooses to be anonymous so you don’t all mob him on the street for autographs, did go, and sent me this report for posting:

I spent much of Sunday being an extra in the shoot at Renton Stadium. It was fun, and I met some really nice people who were also there for their split-second of fame (if any). Lots of downtime, which I expected, and many takes of maybe four scenes which took from 10:30 to 4:30.
Richard Jenkins was a class act. They announced that we were not to “approach the actors,” after which he got up and said he would be pleased to talk with folks when time permitted. Kim Basinger supposedly made a blink-and-she’s-gone appearance at one end of the stadium, but it wasn’t announced, so only those in the immediate vicinity got to see her.
BeInaMovie [the company that organized the extras] is pretty efficient. The main problem is that they used remote mikes to give instructions that were often hard to hear. The stadium audio system would have been lots better, but that probably would have cost them extra.
The promised hamburgers finally materialized at 3 p.m. and were mediocre. We were all starved and reeeeeally needed potty breaks. One of the people in the group I sat with decided that we should get together and see it when it comes out. I cautioned that it could well be a straight-to-video film; very low budget and no big stars.
I had to chuckle, though. Hollywood shoots a lot in Canada now, but here’s a Canadian outfit filming in the U.S. I heard they got some tax breaks from the state.
I’d do this again, so I’ll keep my eye out for what might be going on here.

Update: I was contacted this morning by a publicist for this film, who wanted to clarify a point made above: “One Square Mile” is not a Canadian production (though the director and cinematographer are from Quebec, and a few trailers were supplied from Vancouver). The film has four producers from the Seattle area, a mostly Seattle-sourced crew, and cast many of its smaller roles here; it did indeed benefit from the Washington Filmworks rebate program.

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